One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
attributive (especially of a bodily part) situated at the back; posterior.‘he snagged a calf by the hind leg’
back, rear, hinder, hindmost, posteriorView synonyms
- ‘Have you ever been roared at by a man-eater with fangs four inches away from your face, as it reared on its hind legs to lunge six feet tall at you?’
- ‘The same held true when they injected the drug into multiple ganglia that connect to the tail and hind legs.’
- ‘Moments later he appeared, dragging his hind legs.’
- ‘One of the animals filled the screen, rearing up on its hind legs and seemingly staring back at her with dark eyes.’
- ‘Tyran reared onto his hind legs in rage, his nostrils flaring and his breathing intense.’
- ‘Herodotus rejoins that camels have four thighbones in their hind legs, and that their genitals face backwards.’
- ‘She pulled back hard on the reigns, and the horse reared back on its hind legs.’
- ‘As the hunters approached the creature, it roared loudly, reared up on its hind legs, then charged the small group.’
- ‘The unicorn whinnied and reared up onto her hind legs, ‘I'll take it from her Mel.’’
- ‘Every hour, it jerkily rears up on its hind legs and waggles its forelegs a bit.’
- ‘The dragon reared up onto its hind legs, his front foot connecting roughly with Fin's chest.’
- ‘This was associated with infection by a flatworm or fluke infection called Ribeiroia, which formed cysts near the hind legs.’
- ‘The Elders showed them how to gut the carcass and prepare the hide with a traditional tool fashioned from a hind leg bone.’
- ‘After the skin was sutured, the outer end of the tube was fixed with surgical tape at the shaved hind leg.’
- ‘Artaxes reared onto his hind legs, and gave a quick kick of his back legs, and Miri could hold him back no longer.’
- ‘Some apes started walking on hind legs, employing their forelimbs as hands for holding and shaping tools.’
- ‘Path reared up onto her hind legs, kicking more of the enemy with her iron-like hooves.’
- ‘It howled again, then reared back onto its hind two legs.’
- ‘Then the turtle reared on its hind legs and grew five times its original size.’
- ‘Lacey tried to get close to the Mare, but it reared up on its hind legs, kicking out at her with her forelegs, forcing her back out of the horse's reach.’
Middle English: perhaps shortened from Old English behindan (see behind).
1A female deer, especially a red deer or sika in and after its third year.
- ‘At worst it will take 30 hours to control one Sika hind.’
- ‘In Europe, the red-deer hinds are often culled, but managers often do the shooting.’
- ‘She is taken off to be killed, but at the last second Artemis sweeps her off to heaven, replacing her with a hind.’
- ‘In 1970 a hummel (antlerless stag) was crossed to Rum hinds to investigate the inheritance of hummellism.’
- ‘For example, dominant red deer hinds produce more surviving offspring over their lives than do subordinates.’
- ‘Normally, red deer spend November through September in segregated herds, the mature males in one herd, the hinds and youngsters in another.’
- ‘In red deer, dominant hinds produce a male-biased offspring sex ratio, but only at low population density.’
- ‘He eventually jumped down and ran off, and seen a couple of days later minding his own business amongst his herd of hinds at his usual pasture.’
2Any of several large edible groupers with spotted markings.
- ‘Small hard-skinned fish such as snappers, grouper, breams and hind should be gutted and scaled on capture and kept in slurry.’
Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hinde and German Hinde, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘hornless’, shared by Greek kemas ‘young deer’.
1A skilled farm worker.
- 1.1 A peasant or rustic.
- 1.1 A peasant or rustic.
Late Old English hīne ‘household servants’, apparently from hīgna, hīna, genitive plural of hīgan, hīwan ‘family members’.
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